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In 2009, FAWCO and The FAWCO Foundation announced the Target Program to bring a critical global issue to the attention of FAWCO Clubs, their members and the world. The Target Program offers opportunities for local FAWCO Clubs to make a global difference. 

Target Programs:

  • Follow a three-year cycle of issue awareness and education, project selection, fundraising, project monitoring, review and...

In March 2013, Human Rights for WomenProtecting the Rights and Improving the Lives of Women and Girls Worldwide, was announced as the overarching theme for the FAWCO Target Program 2013 - 2016.  

The Target Program: Human Rights for Women was composed of two parts: Target Education/Awareness and the Target Project. The Education/Awareness Program focused on women's rights as human rights,






In 2009, FAWCO and The FAWCO Foundation announced a four year program to bring a critical global issue to the attention of FAWCO Clubs, their members and the world. The FAWCO Target Water Program was an opportunity for FAWCO member clubs and FAUSA members to work together towards the goal of clean water worldwide.

The 2009-2013...

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Target Program: Education

At the Interim Meeting in Frankfurt (March 11-13, 2016), Education – Empowering Women and Girls through Knowledge and Skills, was announced as the overarching theme for the FAWCO Target Program 2016 - 2019. 

“Education is one of the most critical areas of empowerment for women. When girls are educated, they lead healthier and more productive lives. They gain the skills, knowledge and...

FAWCO Target Program 2016 - 2019: 

Education – Empowering Women and Girls through Knowledge and Skills

In our Blog: Let's Get Schooled​ we will explore why education matters; we will examine the barriers, one by one, which impede women and girls from accessing quality education and completing their studies; we will become familiar with the strategies to address these issues; and we will discover who...

Our monthly Target Program: Education Bulletin will update you on the current status of the Target Program, tease you with a snippet from the blog, offer a visual inspiration to enhance your understanding of gender and education, and include a unique educational tool to boost your learning.

Don't miss a future issue—it's the best way to stay up-to-date!

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The Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas, Inc. is an international network of independent organizations whose mission is:

  • To serve as a resource and channel of information among its members;
  • To provide a voice for American women abroad and to support the rights of all Americans worldwide;
  • To contribute actively to the global community with a specific focus...

FAWCO's Resolutions and Recommendations (R&Rs) are guidelines for FAWCO and Club action over the next two-year period and should be suitable for practical implementation.

The FAWCO Administrative Guidelines specify in paragraph 13.2.3 “Resolutions and Recommendations – meaning what is resolved and how it is to be implemented –should be specific and not merely generalizations." They are normally influenced by current...

FAWCO Administrative Committees report to the Third Vice-President, who in turn informs the Board, where appropriate, of the work done by the Committees, any problems they have encountered, and all information they have gathered which can be of interest to the general membership.

Committee Chairs shall be full and current members of an overseas FAWCO Club at the time of...



Welcome to the world of FAWCO ! Thank you for visiting our website and considering becoming a member of FAWCO. The benefits of being a FAWCO member club are manifold. First and foremost, your Club will benefit from the sharing of resources and best practices with our 64 member clubs, organizations just like yours from around the...
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The Rebranding Task Force is currently discussing FAWCO's mission and goals.  Committee members post their ideas here and invite your comments and feedback. Be sure you are logged in so you can add your comments. Click here if you are not yet a registered user.



The FAWCO Club Resource Manual is a work in progress. It strives to offer concrete solutions to a range of challenges that most clubs face at one time or another - a compendium of advice, tips, ideas from the shared experiences of FAWCO member clubs. The articles below reflect some accumulated wisdom from recent years, and this section of the...
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News from Our Clubs showcases the varied activities of FAWCO's member clubs worldwide.
News from Our Clubs showcases the varied activities of FAWCO's member clubs worldwide.

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If you are an American living overseas you may have many questions about your rights and responsibilities.  FAWCO’s U.S. Issues Committees serve as a valuable resource to assist you with US Citizenship, Tax and Banking, and Voting from Overseas issues and to work for more effective representation in Washington. In fact, did you know that FAWCO was...

The US Tax & Banking Committee gathers information on US tax and banking legislation and regulations, and informs the membership of their US tax responsibilities while living overseas. It collects information from the FAWCO membership on specific tax and banking related problems to bring these to the attention of legislators in Washington.

What will I find here?

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FAWCO's U.S. Tax & Banking Committee published periodic Bulletins on U.S. tax, banking and estate planning issues affecting Americans living and working overseas. You can see past Tax & Banking Bulletins and as a FAWCO Member you can sign up to receive the U.S. Liaison Bulletin with information on tax and banking, U.S. citizenship, and voting from overseas.

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Most Americans and green card holders must file forms and in some cases pay taxes with the U.S. Government every year. You may have to file even though you have no earned income, already pay taxes in your country of residence, are below the foreign income exclusion and/or give or receive money in the form of a gift or inheritance.

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Banking & Financial Services

Living outside the United States creates particular challenges to personal financial management. Banking services in countries of residence can vary widely, U.S. and foreign government regulations and the banking industry’s reaction to them can make fluid transitions of funds, opening of new accounts, changes in providers, and even access to new banking cards confusing and difficult.

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Legal & Estate Planning

Those of us who live overseas have plenty of challenges to contend with that become increasingly complex as we move from one country to the next leaving a wake of residences, accounts, and often business and personal investments behind us. While living in non-U.S. countries we are often subject to their inheritance laws that evolve from...




U.S. Citizenship Committee seeks to ensure that U.S. citizens living abroad retain the broadest possible range of citizenship rights under U.S. law.and serves as a source of up-to-date information regarding U.S. citizenship laws for FAWCO members and their families.

Please have a look at these links for current issues that concern all expat Americans:

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U.S. Voting from Overseas Committee encourages and assists U.S. overseas citizens to participate in federal elections every two years by providing information and training to volunteers in FAWCO Member Clubs, and helping with publicity. This committee also works to reduce the barriers to voting from overseas imposed by federal and state legislation.





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The FAWCO U.S. Liaison helps to coordinate FAWCO’s work with other overseas advocacy organizations and represents FAWCO’s positions in Washington during Overseas Americans Week, for example, or when legislation is drafted or introduced that directly affects Americans living and working overseas.



Overall Goals in 2015

Over the years, U.S. legislation has made it increasingly difficult for Americans to live and work overseas.  Our organizations urge Congress and the Administration to review and rethink certain policies that restrict the effectiveness of the estimated 7.6 million overseas Americans who are both ambassadors for American interests abroad and creators of domestic jobs.

Our most important...

FAWCO's Environment Task Force aims to inform members about global environmental issues that confront our planet, such as air, soil & water pollution, energy efficiency, conservation and waste reduction, and the major issues of global climate change. Since we believe that each person can make a difference, one of our main goals is to help members become more environmentally minded...

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FAWCO Environment Task Force Co-Chairs Anne van Oorschot and Kara Fairchild will be blogging about the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015. Here's a message from the Co-Chairs:

The UN Climate Conference in Paris is of historic...

The Health Task Force provides information on women's health and aging to allow you to make informed health decisions. We will take a holistic approach to help us safeguard and nurture our bodies, as well as enrich our minds and spirits. There will be articles and reports, suggested books, and FAWCO member contributions. We will also include practical information and resources,


Clubs in Motion!

See our RESULTS here! 

Join Clubs in Motion and get moving with FAWCO. If your club has a walking, hiking or running group, this is for YOU! You can dowload a flyer to publicize the program to your club members by opening Clubs_In_Motion.doc.  

Let's get moving! Join FAWCO Clubs in Motion today! Happy and healthy! 

Our FAWCO Leadership was...

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Many FAWCO member clubs are involved in making heart pillows to donate to help the recovery of women who have had breast cancer surgery. AWC Hamburg has a Heart Pillow Best Practice with instructions for how you can start your own heart pillow project that you can access in our members-only Best Practices section (you must be registered and log in...



A basic education is an essential human right and should be a global, national, and local priority. Education is essential to understand the world and be able to function effectively in it. There is a direct correlation between women's levels of education and socio-economic status and health. Education empowers women to make informed decisions regarding their futures - knowledge is power!

Education “is a...

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The FAWCO Human Rights Task Force is a comprehensive network of advocates working to ensure human rights for all women. The Task Force will keep members aware of new developments impacting women’s rights, including UN updates, through Human Rights Task Force Bulletins and other publications. We also engage FAWCO Members in awareness and action campaigns.
It is our goal...

Ending Violence Against Women is a Committee of the Human Rights Task Force, addressing issues of domestic violence and sex trafficking, as well as other forms of violence against women. The Ending Violence Task Force was created in April 2008 to address issues of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual exploitation in order to increase awareness and empower those women and children...


The Economic Empowerment for Women Committee of the Human Rights Task Force will report on issues related to the achievement of gender equality through economic empowerment.

Please share this one-page information sheet on Economic Empowerment for Women with your club members. 

Research demonstrates that gender equality boosts economic growth by closing the gender gap in labor markets worldwide. Recent reports...


Peace and Conflict is a committee within the Human Rights Task Force. Its goal is to raise awareness about violence against women in conflict zones and the role of women in the peace-keeping process.

Please share this one-page information sheet on Women, Peace and Conflict with your club members. 

The theme of women and conflict resonates with the very origins...


Therese Hartwell (Chair, Human Rights Task Force Peace and Conflict Committee) writes about her experiences around the world -- in Amman, Jordan, volunteering with an organization working with refugees, in Rwanda on a friendship tour, and where ever her passion to help women takes her.



FAWCO is more than just a group of people sharing a common culture, it offers an opportunity through The FAWCO Foundation to change people’s lives through charity work.

Established in 1967 as the philanthropic arm of FAWCO, The FAWCO Foundation is a not-for-profit organization registered in the State of Missouri. It was created exclusively for “charitable, scientific and educational purposes...




Your Regional Coordinator is there for you.
Reporting to the 2nd VP, the RC has 3 main responsibilities:

1) Support the FAWCO Reps in your Region - helping them to do their best in bringing FAWCO to their club;
2) Strengthen connections among clubs in your region and support the 2nd VP with communications between the clubs and FAWCO;
3) Work with the Membership Committee...

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The FAWCO Club Presidents’ Coordinator acts as a liaison to establish and maintain communication between Club Presidents and FAWCO as well as among the Club Presidents themselves.  The Coordinator sends out the quarterly electronic Club Presidents’ Post containing important and pertinent information from FAWCO for Club Presidents.  The Coordinator also plans, organizes and facilitates informative Club Presidents’ Parallel Meetings...

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FAWCO's Club Development Workshop and FAWCO Presentation Program aims to raise awareness, share information and empower clubs to take full advantage of the FAWCO experience. 

What do you do when a club member asks you about the Target Program? How often do you browse the Best Practices Library or consult the Fun(d)-raising Database for fresh ideas? Sometimes it is hard...


Welcome FAWCO Member Clubs!!!

First and foremost, thank you for visiting our website and checking out our Member Services section. Your Club will benefit from the sharing of resources with our nearly 70 member clubs.

  • News from our Clubs is a great way to share what is happening with your and spread the FAWCO Fever. Be sure to...
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This section offers resources for first-time Expats or Expats moving to a new location. It is also useful for member clubs which want to help their new Expat members. Read stories from Expats about their experiences in articles at the bottom of this page.

* The views expressed on the web pages linked below are exclusively those of the individual authors...

The Sharing Cultures Committee supports FAWCO Member Clubs in their efforts to promote mutual understanding and awareness of customs, cultural differences, and local environments in order to bridge gaps between nations and different populations. The committee welcomes FAWCO Member Club programs or activities that help Club members, their families, and/or the local community learn from one another.
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The world has a plethora of fabulous places to see.  Many of us choose to buy a guide book before taking the trip in order to make the most of our time in the new location.  Sometimes we have days to explore the city but other times just a day - either way, it is important to make the most...


Resources on bilingualism and language development may be helpful for families living in other countries and cultures.

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In this globally-competitive world, college graduates earn more than those who only finish high school and consequently the numbers of those going to college continues to rise. However many students apply indiscriminately and find themselves unprepared for or unhappy with where they finally matriculate. There are over 3,000 accredited tertiary schools in the US alone, as well as outstanding universities...


If you are a student who learns differently who is living abroad, a family member of such a student, or an educational professional concerned with the teaching of such students, this is an invaluable resource. Much of the information compiled in this study is the result of research undertaken by members of FAWCO. In many cases, the respondents have been...


Click here to find out all about Americana for Children


Almost every FAWCO club has a need for a local Americana Program. It is a valuable activity that a club could start for their members' children (including teens and young adults.

Why start an Americana Program?

Because it is Fun!!!

Reinforces a positive American identity by providing a safe...



FAUSA (FAWCO Alumnae USA) is a vibrant and growing association of women who share a common experience of living abroad. FAUSA, Inc. is the official and only FAWCO alumnae organization recognized by FAWCO.

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Regional Meetings have been taking place since 1978. Browse the years below to learn more about the Clubs who hosted them and what happened there.

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Focus on Malaria

As a United Nations accredited non-governmental organization with consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, FAWCO has an obligation to work for a better world and to help achieve the 8 Millennium Development Goals. We have long realized that to be...

CEDAW is the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly and entered into force in 1981.

What does CEDAW do?
Reduce sex trafficking and domestic violence

Provide access to education and vocational training

Ensure the right to vote

End forced marriage and child marriage and ensure inheritance...

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).  Its mission is to promote gender equality and the advancement of women. Its charge is to measure progress towards equality and to highlight the challenges, set standards and formulate concrete policies to promote equality and women’s empowerment worldwide. 

In 1996, the UN...

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The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session. FAWCO is sending a delegation of ten members from around the world, and they...

A delegation of 14 FAWCO women joined over 6,000 other NGO representatives for the 60th Commissionon the Status of Women (CSW60) in NY from March 14 - 24, 2016. The Commission was established in 1946 and is "dedicated to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women". The annual sessions provide advocates for human rights for women an opportunity to influence the UN...

A FAWCO delegation of 17 women attended CSW59 at UN Headquarters in New York from March 9 - 20, 2015.  We posted blogs here to report on our experiences and impressions.

Click to download the four-page FAWCO Brochure created especially for CSW59: front and back pages and the inside pages.

CSW Blog 58Erica Higbie and My-Linh Kunst blog from the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women. It took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014.

Live reports from Erica Higbie who is attending the UN Commission on the Status of Women at the UN in New York.

Read Final Report on CSW 57 from UN Rep Erica Higbie.


“The trade in and exploitation of human beings through trafficking is one of the gravest violations of human dignity that exist. The purposes of trafficking in persons range from forced and bonded labour to various forms of sexual exploitation, forced marriages, removal of organs and other contemporary practices similar to slavery."

Navi Pillay
United Nations High Commissioner for Human...

The CRC was the first legally binding international instrument which set standards for the civic, economic, social and political rights of children under the age of 18. It consists of 54 articles and two optional protocols.

The four core principles of the Convention are non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development;

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Welcome to our new UN Youth Rep, Vali Mitsakis. Vali is from Greece; her mother is a member of AWO Greece. She was active with the Model UN in high school, and she's spending a year in New York, where she's keeping very busy going to UN meetings and learning about the UN's post-2015 sustainable development agenda.




Violence against women and girls is a horrific worldwide phenomenon.

It has been estimated that one in three women (35%) of women worldwide have experienced intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.

Intimate partner violence is the most common however other forms of violence include human trafficking, sexual violence including when it is used a s tactic...

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The Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council, created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006, is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe, addressing situations of human rights violations, and making recommendations on them.

The Council is made of 47 Member States which are elected...

The 30th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

Stacy Lara, FAWCO's UN NGO Rep at the HRC in Geneva, will keep us informed via blog posts during HRC30.

The 29th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

The 29th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC29) will be held June 15-July 3, 2015 in Geneva. The summer Human Rights Council annually holds the Annual Full Day Discussion on Women's Rights. During HRC29 there will also be a noteworthy panel discussion on Realizing the Equal Enjoyment of the...

The 34th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

Stacy Lara and Madaline Keros, FAWCO's UN NGO Reps at the HRC in Geneva, will keep us informed via blog posts during HRC34.

The Human Rights Council's twenty-sixth regular session at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (10-27 June 2014)

HRC 26, held June 10-27, 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, shed light on many global issues. Highlights of the three-week session included interactive discussions on:

·      Eliminating child, early and forced marriages.

·      Combating female genital mutilation.

·      Efforts to advance...

28th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

The 28th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC28) was held March 3-27, 2015, in Geneva. The HRC28 Program of Work was filled with important human rights issues. Stacy Lara, FAWCO's UN NGO Rep at the Human Rights Council, kept us informed via her blog posts during the session. 

The Human Rights Council's twenty-seventh regular session at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (8-26 September 2014)

The upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council 27th Session (HRC27) to be held September 8-26, 2014 will present a variety of important global issues and host many Independent Experts (ID) and Special Rapporteur (SR).  Week 1 highlights include a presentation by SR on contemporary forms of slavery,

The 31st Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

Stacy Lara, FAWCO's UN NGO Rep at the HRC in Geneva, will keep us informed via blog posts during HRC31.

The 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

Stacy Lara, FAWCO's UN NGO Rep at the HRC in Geneva, will keep us informed via blog posts during HRC32.

The 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

Stacy Lara, FAWCO's UN NGO Rep at the HRC in Geneva, will keep us informed via blog posts during HRC33.

To get involved in FAWCO's advocacy work and action campaigns for Human Rights, visit the Human Rights Global Issues Task Force pages. We also encourage you to support our Target Program: Human Rights for Women.


Human Rights Council Replaces the Commission on Human Rights

The final session on the Commission on Human Rights came to an end on March...


What is Beijing + 20?

In 2013, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) requested the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to review and appraise implementation of the Platform for Action in 2015, in a session known as Beijing+20. The Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing,

"Education is not simply a moral imperative—it is the smart choice. Every dollar invested generates US$ 10 to US$ 15 in returns. Yet worldwide, some 61 million children are still not in school. Our shared ideals are simple. We want all children to attend primary school and to progress to secondary school and relevant higher education. We want them to...

To fulfill the requirements to maintain our UN accreditation, FAWCO submits annual reviews to the UN Department of Public Information (DPI NGO) and quadrennial reports to the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC).

FAWCO’s UN Reps Team and UN Liaison publish periodic UN Liaison Bulletins to inform our members about current priorities at UN Women, in the NGO Committees on the Status of Women, the Human Rights Council, the NGO Committee on Migration, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Department...

The UN Reps Team reports to the FAWCO Board through Annual Reports.


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If you are a student who learns differently who is living abroad, a family member of such a student, or an educational professional concerned with the teaching of such students, this is an invaluable resource. Much of the information compiled in this study is the result of research undertaken by members of FAWCO. In many cases, the respondents have been...

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The Cultural Volunteers module of FAWCO's Youth Program is designed to foster cultural awareness and volunteerism among FAWCO youths. FAWCO teens aged 15 - 18 will be hosted by FAWCO families for a week, and will experience a new culture while volunteering with local charities, working side-by-side with local teens. As part of the program, the participants will create a video...

The 3rd FAWCO Youth Cultural Volunteers Program took place in Mumbai, India from August 22-29, 2015 and was a huge success! Many thanks to the AWC Mumbai for their hospitality and generosity. AWC Mumbai’s Club President Meenakshi Advani and her team put together a full program and these teens came away full of praise: “Life-changing!” “Amazing” “Wonderful Memories” and they...

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The FAWCO Youth Cultural Volunteers Program flourished in its fourth year as seven of our FY Volunteers travelled to Dublin for a week in June. They were hosted by AWC Dublin members and were joined by Carson and Ian, two local youth volunteers. The enthusiastic feedback described the week as “wonderful” and an “unforgettable experience”.


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The 2014 FAWCO Youth Cultural Volunteers Program took place in Shanghai July 18-27, 2014. Many thanks to the AWC Shanghai for their generosity and willingness to set up this year's program!

Fourteen teens from 8 different countries travelled to Shanghai in July, where they were hosted by the AWC Shanghai. (The list of Shanghai participants is here.) The teens were...

The pilot project for the Cultural Volunteers module hosted by AWA Dubai was a week-long program (July 16-23, 2013) attended by seven FAWCO teens from Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The teens were hosted in AWA Dubai members' homes and had the opportunity to do hands-on volunteering in three local charities. Participants received community service credits...

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FAWCO Youth Ambassador

The FAWCO Youth Ambassador program is for teens taking a gap year between high school and college. High school graduates often spend a year exploring the world, discovering themselves along the way. The FAWCO global family is in a unique position to support members’ children in this endeavor. The FYA program offers our young adults a chance...

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FAWCO's new Youth Rep at the UN is Vali Mitsakis from AWO Greece. Vali is spending a year studying in the New York area, and as a former Model UN participant, is excited to be a FAWCO UN Youth Rep. She will post blogs about her experiences. 









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